One of Windows (Mobile)’s biggest holes is the fact that the app store is such a barren desert. Many well-known apps are missing and that’s just one of the reasons why people don’t even start to consider the operating system. For the year 2015, Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store have at least 1.2 million apps each – Windows? Only 300,000.
Redmond wanted to solve this, by introducing a Windows Bridge platform aka Project Astoria. Through the project, app developers could easily just port over the same Android code that they used to make apps for the Google Play Store for Windows Phone devices.
Then, last year rumours flared up that Project Astoria was going bust and now Microsoft has confirmed it themselves.
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Microsoft has introduced another Windows 10 smartphone with the arrival of the Lumia 650. This is yet a budget smartphone that’s a notch higher than its current entry-level Lumia 550. Based on earlier speculation, this might be the very last Lumia smartphone for the year.
Microsoft‘s return to the mobile industry has so far been a disaster. Their recent sales figures are abysmal. Plus their latest flagship is far from stellar. Yet it seems the folks in Japan haven’t gotten the memo because here’s VAIO‘s latest smartphone — the Phone Biz — and it runs Windows 10.
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UPDATE: Malaysian pricing and availability announced.
If you want someone to wear something on their wrist the whole day, you better make sure that it looks good and has interchangeable bands to suit every occasion. And it doesn’t hurt if it can help track your day’s worth of fitness and activity.
Fitbit has finally realised that their fitness trackers aren’t the greatest looking wearables in the market, so at CES 2016 they released the chunky Blaze. And they’ve just added another device to their fashion-forward fitness trackers: the Fitbit Alta.
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Windows Phone has never had a proper champion. Not one that was on par with the big boys at Android. Much like Apple, it always banked on its “OS optimisations” to keep things running smooth despite the less than stellar specifications. This time, though, it seems Microsoft have come out swinging, pulling out all the stops for their latest device, the Lumia 950 XL.
Is it any good though?
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In a recent report by the IDC, it showed that in the recent quarter, about 400 million smartphones were sold and if you compare that to Microsoft’s earnings report, only 4.5 million of them were Lumia devices. That’s 1.1% of the market share. To contrast, Samsung moved around 85 million devices in that same quarter.
I hate flip cases. They’re horribly old fashioned and often come in colours that resemble different shades of puke. Plus, except for HTC’s Dot View Case, most flip cases never did anything particularly cool. Sure you might have some practical functions, but none that doesn’t scream “ZOMG WHAT A DWEEB”.
Okay, maybe I’m being a little harsh here but the point is, I would never, ever, ever, use a flip cover case…unless they did this.
Earlier we reported on the fact that the Windows Phone Word Flow keyboard from Microsoft was coming to iOS very soon. Word had it that Microsoft was sending out invites to selected people to try out their new Word Flow keyboard for iOS, targeting users of the iPhone 5S or higher.
Well, sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to the Verge that the new Word Flow keyboard will feature a unique one-handed typing experience that will surely appeal to fans of both iOS and Word Flow.
We feel really sorry for users on the Windows platform. First you guys have to put up with apps – even mainstream ones – that aren’t updated since God knows when then you have that small ecosystem of the Windows Store. Now on top of all that, it seems like that Windows 10 Mobile release for older phones isn’t coming this month.
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Rendered image of the Lumia 650
Microsoft‘s latest Windows 10 smartphones haven’t had the best of receptions. Despite top-of-the-line hardware, it seems the Windows 10 OS just isn’t a match for the other established mobile operating systems. But, Microsoft is not done releasing new Lumias as we now have what looks like an official date for the Lumia 650: February 1.
However, there is also word that this could be the last Lumia smartphone of this year. So, Surface Phone anyone?